No Doubt, Destiny's Child, and Incubus are the newest acts confirmed to perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live Dec. 4 on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy. Other artists set to appear include Sting, Mandy Moore, Lee Ann Womack, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Lil' Romeo, Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Godsmack, Joe, Creed, Lifehouse, Petey Pablo, Jamie O'Neal, Blink-182, and this year's Billboard Century Award winner, John Mellencamp.
The Foo Fighters have recorded 29 songs for their upcoming fourth RCA album at frontman Dave Grohl's home studio in Virginia, according to a post on the band's official Web site. "There are lots of new songs to choose from," Grohl reports of the set, due in mid-2002, adding, "We've just really started getting into it, picking ones with the most potential first."
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrated the Tuesday (Nov. 20) release of his new Virgin solo album, "Goddess in the Doorway," with an invitation-only concert last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Backed by a six-piece band, the 58-year-old vocalist ran through new single "God Gave Me Everything," album tracks "Visions of Paradise," "Everybody Getting High," and "Lucky Day," and the Stones chestnuts "Miss You" and "Respectable."
The comedic rock duo Tenacious D -- Jack Black and Kyle Gass -- is finally tasting the success it has been bragging about for years. While its self-titled Epic debut is at No. 105 in its seventh week on The Billboard 200 -- Black's acting career, which took off following last year's music-intensive "High Fidelity" -- is also on the move with his lead role in the Farrelly Brothers' new feature "Shallow Hal." Despite the movie's title, Black tells Billboard.com he is nothing like the main character.
The eighth volume in the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" compilation series is being dedicated in memory of R&B star Aaliyah and those who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash in August. A portion of the proceeds from the disc, which is due out Tuesday (Nov. 20) and includes the late artist's track "Rock the Boat," will be donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund. Details of the fund are available on the official Aaliyah Web site.
Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will be presented with the Global Tolerance Award by the Friends of the United Nations at Dec. 11 ceremony in New York. The artist is being honored for her contributions to promoting tolerance through the arts, which have included performances in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, at the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World in Rome, and a cultural exchange visit to Cuba in 1998.
A six-minute recording of a Beatles interview -- bought for $5 at a flea market -- sold for $10,400 at an online auction. A U.S. man identified only as "an avid record and music memorabilia collector" since the 1970s had the winning bid, a spokesperson for Collector's Universe of Newport Beach said yesterday (Nov. 15). The seller, a Los Angeles collector who bought it earlier this year, also remained anonymous.
Garth Brooks' "Scarecrow" (Capitol), released Tuesday (Nov. 13), is widely expected to top next week's Billboard 200, but music retailers surveyed by Billboard Bulletin say the set is off to a lukewarm start. Stealing some of Brooks' thunder, to the surprise of many retailers, is the English-language debut from Colombian star Shakira, "Laundry Service" (Epic).
Slipknot has canceled a 20-date U.S. tour which was to begin Nov. 21 in Fargo, N.D. and wrap Dec. 21 in the band's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The jaunt was cancelled after the wife of percussionist Shawn Chahan (also known as #6) was admitted earlier this week to the Mayo Clinic for Crohn's Disease, according to a release from the band.